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Shooter : With Mark Wahlberg, Danny Glover, Michael Pena, and Kate Mara

May 15, 2007
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Rated a Very Helpful Review

Pros:Wahlberg, Pena, Mara, lots of good action

Cons:slow in parts, Glover frustrating to watch at times

The Bottom Line: A good action film where Wahlberg is on his game, this was an interesting story that was worth seeing.


Plot Details: This opinion reveals minor details about the movie's plot.

Mark Wahlberg has made a living on rolls where he holds a gun, and his latest action-thriller Shooter is no different. Here he plays Bob Lee Swagger, a Marine Scout Sniper that has had the unfortunate of losing a partner in the field after being left behind enemy lines. Now he is in a state of retirement, preferring to live off the grid and keep to himself in log cabin up a mountain. He is a stoic man, who had been willing to put his life on the line for his country, and when someone comes calling while waving the patriotic flag of "do this for your country", he is unable to resist stepping up to the plate. The man who comes to his door is Colonel Isaac Johnson (played by Danny Glover) who presents that Swagger has the unique skills necessary to catch someone trying to kill the President. This person is apparently very good at shooting from long ranges, and that is what Swagger specialized in.

Swagger takes on the task, and begins to discern exactly what it would take for this would-be assassin to pull off what many would consider an impossible shot. Putting all of his intel together, he comes up with the location and the method with which he feels that the shooter will strike. The day of the perceived assassination, he is on scene with Johnson and several other people working for him, but suddenly finds himself being shot at and on the run for something he cannot quite understand. It turns out that his research is going to be used against him, and he finds himself being framed for the crime. Somehow he is able to escape the clutches of the "bad-guys" and finds himself on the run from unknown assailants and for a crime that he did not commit. This sets up the film to be a high-octane chase story as Swagger has to do his best to stay one step ahead of the pursuing FBI and Johnson's men.

Now from the first preview that I saw for this film, I felt that it was the perfect type of movie for someone like Mark Wahlberg. He has become one of the modern day action stars, and he was able to really become the character of Swagger. It is almost amusing to think back to the days when he was a musical star, but he has really come a long way in shedding those moments of his past. Here he is the focal-point of the story, and is given free-reign to do anything that he wants with the character. In the end he comes away with a very believable part that the audience cannot hope but succeeds in clearing his name and getting even with the bad-guys. Along the way several other main characters appear in the form of an FBI agent played by Michael Pena who smells that something is not right with this case, and Kate Mara who is the wife of his former partner that he lost in Ethiopia.

When you go to see a film like Shooter you know exactly what you are getting into. You have Wahlberg as the guy who will stop at nothing to get his name cleared, and Glover as the well-connected man who needs to silence him before he brings down some carefully created plans. Wahlberg's character is of course morally sound, and given very high-ground with which to tread as a character within the story. There is a lot of action to keep the interest of just about everyone, and amidst that are a few moments where the writers/director try to flush out just a little bit more within Swagger. In the end you have an interesting action film that is full of excitement, explosions, and of course a lot of shooting. I found myself thinking at times that it was dragging out a little too long, but there were things that had to be put in there to understand the characters actions fully. If you know what you are getting into with the story, you won't be disappointed, but the ending was a little half-hazard for my taste. Be weary thought that even though this was a good action film that is worth seeing, there is a lot of violence.



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